Gulnara was born in 1949 in St Petersburg, Russia. Her father a military naval officer, descendent of a noble Georgian family. Mother a couturier from a well-known clan of Latvian clothing and interior designers. Before Gulnara’s birth her parents decided to settle in St Petersburg, Russia, where father first studied medicine at the St Petersburg Military Naval Academy, and later worked at as an orthopedic surgeon. Gulnara’s mother was a designer of wool clothing and the family once had a small business that was transferred from generation to generation.
The Soviet government didn’t like business people and Gulnara’s grandmother was arrested for producing and selling a single blouse on a Swap Meet. She was imprisoned for four years and the business died.
From the early childhood Gulnara showed every sign of a creative and gifted in arts child. Since age 3 she was given lessons in both painting and design by the members of her family. From 1960 to 1970 Gulnara took private lessons with some of the best Russian artists.
Thinking however about a more practical profession that an artist, Gulnara on family insistence enrolled and graduated from the College of Industrial Management, majoring in accounting. After graduation she moved to Moscow and began working in the motion picture industry as a budget specialist.
While working in the film industry, Julia designed her own clothes. Sweaters she herself knitted became famous and she was constantly asked to make some for the film stars, producers and crews. Gulnara designed several models and those unique designs were worn by who-is-who in the art and entertainment world of Russia.
She became known also for her interior design. She helped to a couple of her famous friends to re-design their homes and she was swapped with requests for help.
Another talent that made Gulnara famous was her ability to prepare parties for any number of people. She loved to experiment with preparation of food and became an accomplished cook. She designed menus for hundreds of parties for sportsmen, artists, entertainment figures in Russia. Her own parties were always an accomplished event with great food, fantastic entertainment, and non-stop fun. Gulnara continues this tradition of hosting evenings of art, music and entertainment.
During all this time Gulnara didn’t forget her first love, fine art painting. Her oil paintings found its way into many important private art collections. In mid 90th Gulnara together with her husband and two daughters immigrated to the United States. At that time she decided to concentrate entirely on her painting.
During 1990-ies Gulnara took part in several art shows and juried exhibitions in Russia, Georgia, Belorussi and Ukraine. In 1992 she won Frrst Prixe and the Kremia Intenational Art Exhibition for her “Night and the marches” canvas. In 1994 she won 2nd place and “public admiration’ award at the Kharkov (Ukraine) Open Art & Sculpture competition. In 1998 she got Grand Prix on the Juruied Exhibition in Kutaisi, Georgia for “Mountains in spring,” and another Gold Medal for her “Apple tree blossoming” monumental canvas (6 ft x 5 ft) on a Minsk International Fine Art Festival.
She is a prominent colorist with her own style and easily distinguished images. She enjoys phenomenal commercial success, as well as recognition of her peers and colleagues.
Size: Width: 24 Height: 18 cms
Price: $4,000 Convert